Using Data to Engage Youth in their Neighborhoods
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Apps for Good
"During the Apps for Good course, students go through a kind of entrepreneurial process whereby they identify what is wrong with their world before designing a way of fixing it with a mobile app. We combine a broad range of areas in the course, giving young people a foundation in entrepreneurship, community involvement, problem-solving and team work, as well as design and some technical skills."

Applications for Good

MIT Center for Mobile Learning (home of App Inventor)
"Our Center is driven by a vision that people should be able to experience mobile technology as creators, not just consumers. One focus of our activity here is App Inventor, a Web-based program development tool that even beginners with no prior programming experience can use to create mobile applications."

Public Laboratory for Open Technology & Science (includes Grassroots Mapping)
"Using inexpensive DIY techniques, we seek to change how people see the world in environmental, social, and political terms. We are activists, educators, technologists, and community organizers interested in new ways to promote action, intervention, and awareness through a participatory research model.

Mobile Action Lab (from Youth Radio)
"Youth Radio’s Mobile Action Lab networks emerging entrepreneurs, social change agents, and top technologists with Oakland-based youth participants who propose, develop, and market online and mobile apps. Projects tackle topics that youth have identified as addressing a pressing need in their communities-for example, apps that re-distribute free healthy produce across urban neighborhoods, improve youth-police relations, and spark youth expression while re-imagining the sound of news."

My Dot Tour
"a youth-led, multimedia walking tour centered around the area of Fields Corner in Dorchester, Boston."

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"Wikimapa is a Geocoded (location based) map collaboratively built containing information regarding local offered services in Brazil and all over the world, with focus on mapping streets, points of interest (POI) and services within slums and low-income communities from Brazil, never before mapped by available online mapping services."


"EVOKE is a ten-week crash course in changing the world. It is free to play and open to anyone, anywhere. The goal of the social network game is to help empower people all over the world to come up with creative solutions to our most urgent social problems. EVOKE was developed by the World Bank Institute, the learning and knowledge arm of the World Bank Group, and directed by alternate reality game master Jane McGonigal."

"The Smithsonian Institution and the MIT Education Arcade invite all scientists-in-training ages 10 ½ to 14 to log onto VANISHED and help decipher clues that unravel one of the world’s biggest mysteries. An online/offline interactive event, VANISHED is an eight-week episodic quest that will transform you into principal scientific investigators who must collaborate to find the answers."

Data handling and visualization software

"Agentsheets is a unique software authoring environment where users of all ages can build games, interactive demonstrations, modifiable simulations, and more! Discover a new relationship to technology as you quickly CREATE games and computational science applications with all sorts of multi-media, and SHARE your creations online."

Fusion Tables (from Google)
"Visualize and publish your data as maps, timelines and charts. Host your data tables online. Combine data from multiple people."

(*) Inspire Data from Inspiration
"Students use InspireData to investigate, analyze, and represent data and information in dynamic graphs and charts. InspireData tools make it easy to change variables and plot types so students can explore data in multiple, meaningful ways. This encourages them to investigate data analytically, ask more questions, and apply their understanding of the data to form better conclusions and continue exploration."

Many Eyes (from IBM)
"Many Eyes is an online data visualization tool developed by IBM. Many Eyes provides tools for creating a wide variety of data visualizations using your data sets or data sets hosted by IBM. If you're not interested in creating visualizations but just want to explore the visualizations created by others, you can do that on Many Eyes too."

Probeware (from The Concord Consortium)
"Probeware such as motion detectors, temperature sensors and more extend students' senses and permit them to see multiple representations of their surroundings unfold in real time. Effective use of probes and sensors can transform learning in the STEM classroom."

(*) TinkerPlots
"TinkerPlots software is designed to get students in grades 4-8 excited about what they can learn from data. You and your students will analyze data by creating colorful visual representations that will help your students make sense out of real data and recognize patterns as they unfold. TinkerPlots is the optimal tool to help your students master probability and statistics concepts in the Common Core State Standards."
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Global Internet Users per Country (2000 vs. 2008)
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There are six categories of data visualization types offered by Many Eyes. Within each of those categories you will find three or four tools for creating visualizations. You will find common visualizations like line graphs, bar graphs, maps, and word clouds. You will also find some less commonly used and or more difficult-to-create data visualization displays like treemaps for comparison, block histograms, bubble charts, and phrase nets.

Applications for EducationMany Eyes could be a great tool for a wide variety of courses. In any course where comparisons of data sets are used, Many Eyes could help students produce visualizations to aid in making those comparisons.

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Google Fusion Tables - Data Visualizations Made Easy
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